Amongst the cool collection of independent venues and stores that stretch along North Street, you’ll find one of the most picturesque and laid-back cafes in town: enter Albatross Cafe. Just across the road from The Old Bookshop and Friendly Records, Albatross Cafe has positioned itself in a hive of activity, making it a go to hangout for local resident and North Street day-trippers alike.
Stepping inside Albatross Cafe is to enter a zone of peace and tranquility. With its walls illuminated in soft pastel glows (expect plenty of pinks), plants suspended or standing every which way you look, and a mix-match of retro furnishings, it’s cool, calm and collected; a home from home for anyone looking to unwind.
For us, the initial draw to Albatross Cafe was part of our continued search for the world’s greatest coffee. And they don’t disappoint; using locally sourced beans (check out their guest filter from Hard Lines in Cardiff) they turn out rich and rewarding brews in beautiful ceramic cups. Their flat whites in particular, make the gods themselves weep with joy.
But it’s not just the coffee that tickles our fancy. Albatross Cafe have plenty more tricks up their sleeves in the guise of brunches and homemade cakes. On the brunch menu, the team take an innovative approach to old-school favourites: smooth porridge topped with pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachio, crumpets ladened with rhubarb compote and custard, and your favourite avocado on sourdough toast topped with a crumbling of feta. And for cake fans, you’ll find a myriad of wonders awaiting you on each and every visit. We’re talking peanut butter and jelly slices, vegan spiced chocolate cake and toasted banana bread.
The Albatross Cafe team also stay up late, transforming this “by-day” neighbourhood coffee spot into a night-time watering hole. You’ll find a range of Bristol beers on offer, including Lost and Grounded’s ‘All the Cool Cats’ Helles Lager, but the creme de la creme of Albatross’ libations is the short but mighty cocktail list. An Espresso Martini is an essential drink for anyone calling in for something boozy.
The joy of the space and the feast of edible delights on offer pull us back to this North Street gem time and time again. Join us in raising an espresso martini in honour of this true gem in Bristol’s crowning glory.